So much is expected of the Argentine wizard when he steps on the field. He showed why in the second half as his wonderful goal provided the difference for Argentina in the 2-1 victory over an impressive Bosnia-Herzegovina. Delve into more detail with Joe-Max Moore’s review of all three matches.
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So much for Sacre Bleu
France eased any fears about this World Cup excursion with a straightforward 3-0 victory over 10-man Honduras. Karim Benzema scored twice. And Les Bleus showed they might have what it takes to overcome the absence of Franck Ribery after all.
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Swiss late show shocks Ecuador
The first draw of the World Cup beckoned in the opening game of the day, but the Swiss simply wouldn’t allow it to occur on their watch. Valon Behrami drove the play with a fine tackle and a determined run through the middle. Haris Seferovic finished it by turning home Ricardo Rodriguez’s low cross to snatch a 2-1 victory at the death.
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USA-Ghana is finally (finally!) here
The wait is over. We’re not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing yet. But it’s certainly a thing. Leander Schaerlaeckens has our preview from Natal. Joe-Max Moore chats about the match. And the rest of us just wait (not-so-) patiently for 6:00p.m. ET to arrive on Monday.
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Cristiano Ronaldo declares he is ready to face Germany
Ronaldo called himself “100 percent” fit for the critical Group G clash against the Germans (12:00p.m. ET). Germany will need to watch him carefully, says Joe-Max Moore. Jogi Löw has a few questions to answer before the match, according to Jonathan Wilson. Iran and Nigeria are anxiously awaiting their opening fixture (3:00p.m. ET) in Group F, too.